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October 16, 2011

On this date 150 years ago, Jefferson Davis encountered difficulties with Confederate soldiers who were concerned with their states' defenses. The Confederate President was besieged with requests from Confederate army soldiers that wanted to return home to aid their state militia. Davis felt it a matter of principle and public interest to deny these requests.

Near Harper's Ferry, Virginia, there was a clash between Federals and rebels.

Lexington, Missouri, was taken over by Union forces. The town had been under the control of a rebel garrison, although most of the Confederates had already evacuated the area.